During the Service
- How long will I be there? The service starts at 10:10am and usually lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes. While we try to get done by 11:30 each week, sometimes we can run over—if you’ve made plans and have to leave before the service is done, we understand.
- What happens during the service? Each service includes times of singing, prayer, a teaching time (called a “sermon”), some announcements, reading from the Bible, and a story for children. Some weeks will include extra elements like special musical performances, drama, new baby celebrations, or communion (remembering Jesus’ death with a special ceremony).
- What is the music like? We sing music in two different styles each week: a traditional style with songs sung in four-part harmony without instruments and a selection of newer songs led by a team of musicians. Both styles of music are enjoyable and all of our songs have important words that talk about God and our relationship with Him. The words of all our songs are projected on a screen so that you can sing along.
- What do I need to do? When you come to our services, you can participate as much or as little as you like. If you have a Bible, you can bring it along. If you don’t, all the Bible stories we read are projected on a screen so that you can follow along. If you just want to listen to the singing, you can do that, too. The leaders up front will let you know when to sit, stand, close your eyes, etc.
- Will I need money for anything? During the service, we pass baskets for church members to give financial gifts to the church. While you are more than welcome to share if you want to, we don’t expect that of you. We value your time and consider your presence a gift to our church. Sometimes during the service there will be an extra collection of change to help with humanitarian projects.
- Who are the people up front? There are a number of people upfront during the service every week. You will probably see the pastor who will teach, the Praise Team who leads the singing, one of our “choristers” who also leads singing and a “worship leader” who reads the Scripture, leads the prayer time, and makes sure everything runs smoothly. You will also see people telling stories, giving announcements, doing drama, and more—we like to get as many people involved as we can!
- What if I don’t understand something? Feel free to ask! When the service is over, ask someone who is sitting near you to explain. Or if you aren’t comfortable with that, find the pastor or one of the people you saw up front. We don’t want you to leave without understanding what you heard.